Lafayette

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$31 to $50
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French
Lafayette is an everyday French restaurant conducting the spirit of French dining anew in downtown Manhattan’s NoHo neighborhood. Open morning, noon and night, this grand café and bakery is dedicated to Chef Andrew Carmellini's market-driven bistro cooking in a timeless hallmark setting. Our light-flushed dining room features soaring arched windows overlooking the NoHo streetscapes and a lively rotisserie bar. Our corner boulangerie-patisserie is open all hours offering artisanal breads, croissants, Stumptown coffee drinks, a light breakfast or lunch and a host of confections. In warm weather months, our sidewalk cafe opens daily for open air breakfast, lunch, brunch and dinner service.
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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I have always liked Lafayette. And I have recommended it to many folks including clients. But this time it was so disappointing.

JK
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good food, but overpriced for what it is. Nice atmosphere and fairly quiet. Attentive service.

J
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family and I have dined here multiple times over the last few years and have always had great experiences here. Warm and welcoming, the staff is friendly and attentive, the food always top notch. French standards plus specials always done to perfection. Prices are not inexpensive but for what you get they are totally worth it. Don’t forget desert. Fantastic pastries and specials. Have never had anything that wasn’t great.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service! From hostess to wait staff, everyone was so lovely. Food was delicious and casual French, great option for brunch with a friend or a larger group.

OT
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappointed at Lafayette. Food is great and they are so accommodating! Baked goods are the best.

OT
Key West
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food, wine and service were great. The place is a bit too noisy.

J
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Stopped in for breakfast on a Saturday and was a bit more than what we were looking for. Initially we were looking for a quick bite, but we were so glad we stayed. The restaurant decor is very French feeling and the food was delicious. We had the lemon pancakes with fresh berries and Anson Mills oatmeal. Nothing fancy, but man were they scrumptious. The pancakes were substantial with the best berry compote on top. Didn't even need syrup. I love the oatmeal for it's simplicity, and the fruit stewed in cognac were superb! I would definitely go back and loved the location. Only fault was slow service for the check because they were having printer issues. Otherwise, a great choice!

f
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Great meal, service was a bit lackluster.

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delish authentic French food - unexpected in the US. Very good service, beautiful room, great vibe. Loved it!

J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice place. What I was expecting as it was recommended by a trusted foody.

w
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent well prepared food in a sophisticated setting . Service pays great attention to details.

A
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was excellent, especially given the crowd. The bacon was gooey and impossible to chew. The Virgin Mary crazy slaty. Yuck. Other food was good. The pancakes were drenched in fruit syrup though, which made them soggy on arrival. Scrambled eggs great.

D
New York Area
89 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Met old friends for brunch. We had the absolute nicest waiter! Simple orders - omelets and croque madame. All delicious. Good strong coffee - only complaint is that the milk or cream comes in tiny ramekins. Our lovely waiter was happy to bring more as requested however.

KC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

we went to Lafayette on New Years' Day for lunch and it was surprisingly busy, but we were well taken care of and out in plenty of time to get to our show. Food was great, service felt personal and attentive. Decor is ok, comfortable and not quite as cramped as a real French bistro. Overall very very good and will definitely go again

k
New York Area
104 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious brunch as usual ❤️❤️❤️❤️

JG
Jacksonville
20 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Delicious French food in a great space

WH
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service
Comfortable seating
Friendly staff
Great food
We will gladly return

DA
Kansas City
10 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible service. Amazing staff. I brought my mom to NYC after she brought me 30 years ago. This was her highlight.

N
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicioso!!!!! Es garantía 5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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EB
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I ordered the squab with black truffles at $60 and they cooked the sauce with truffles so that the aroma was gone. The truffles should be fresh so they can add to the aroma of the dish not cooked with the sauce.

KP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas lunch! Such a wonderful restaurant, wonderful food and team members! Our waiters recommendations were terrific! Thank you so much for a memorable meal! Merry Christmas’

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience4

Christmas Eve. This was my third visit in the last six months. As always the wait staff is friendly , knowledgeable and courteous. I like the fact that the music is not too loud and overwhelming the conversation. This past visit, my guests and I ordered pasta dishes for our main course. Although good, we have found as on previous occasions that they were too salty. Salt can always be added if needed but never taken away. I cannot speak for other dishes on the menu at this time.

S
New York Area
61 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant !

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing. Food is incredible. Dry aged duck was insane. Great service and somm knew his stuff.

HD
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very few choices for vegetarian/vegan diners.....lots of dairy & butter.

Although not a good choice for me personally, I would certainly recommend to others.

c
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it
Great food and ambiance

M
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food is always good. As is service, our waiter in particular was very good about addressing my pregnant wife's dietary restrictions. Black macaroni and dry aged duck are must haves. But the dessert menu could use some retooling. Unfortunately this visit the table next to us filled with 10 idiots who don't know how to speak except in very very loud expletives every other word, literally the whole restaurant paused for a moment at one point like one of those movie scenes. Was disappointed management didn't address the issue earlier in the evening or more strictly.

K
Nashville
15 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great meal and vibe, lovely service. I'd go back. Loved that steak.

B
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Overall Brunch food was just okay, and the service was a bit slow and inattentive. Would not be my first choice for my next brunch.

MF
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Disappointed. I know, I know, Layafette can be a great place. I've been there twice before there for breakfast and the experience has been very good. But this time, they had a total fail.

Seated right next to a bussing station, our morning was louder and busier than it should have been. I was greeted with water rather quickly, but that's when the service stopped. From more coffee to the check, I ALWAYS had to get our server's attention.

The food, yes overpriced, but often worth it for the entire ambiance, but cold, like the cold ground. The most expensive dish on the breakfast menu, the salmon benedict, arrived cold. I mean, cold. Luckily, my companion had the delicious pancakes, always a treat.

So, chalk this up to bad seating position and a not so "into" it server, maybe. It just feels like the experience was just phoned in this time. They have a great reputation, but everything seems to be slipping.

Time to reevaluate going here from now own. In fact, I think this was (sadly) my last time. I'm not interested in taking another chance. Time for an overhall, Lafayette. You used to be great...what happened?

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall2food4service5ambience5

We were seated 45 minutes after our reservation time. Very disappointing

LR
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

This has been one of my favorite downtown restaurants for several years. Unfortunately no longer. The noise was so loud it was impossible to have a conversation. One of our guest’s pasta was cold by the time it arrived. The waiter disappeared and our guest was hungry and did not want to wait another 15 min for him to circle by our table. We ordered a martini with very specific directions which were not followed. Our tuna tartare appetizer looked like it had been thrown on the plate without any attention to presentation. The dessert which was urged as a great choice with much fanfare was underwhelming and not worth deconstructing for its flaws. All in all this place has lost its way. We won’t be coming back.

r
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lafayette never disappoints. Everything about it is perfect--the food is delicious, the waitstaff warm, lovely people, you are never rushed out, and the space itself invites the ancient art of leisurely dining.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I came here when they first opened and they’re very consistent in quality all around!

P
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Service was terrible. Been here many times but this was absurd. Waiter didn’t get the orders correct. He forgot an order and never refilled our coffees. If this is his day job, he should quit it.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a delightful atmosphere and delicious food! Get yourself over there already! And enjoy!

OT
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for Sunday brunch, were seated right away. All the staff were very nice and helpful. Had special soft eggs with Italian white truffles-it was amazing. Food is wonderful at this place

MT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good experience here and the coffee is so good!

R
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall1food2service5ambience4

Our 3rd Thanksgiving at Lafayette. Ryan P. was our server. He pulled a disappearing act on us. Thank goodness there were other servers around because he was terrible. One son enjoyed the steak frites, one said his duck was average and I was disappointed in the turkey. All stuffing, very little turkey. Oysters were very good as were the desserts. Just terrible service. Not impressed and very doubtful that there will be a 4th Thanksgiving at Lafayette.

w
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We have had excellent pasta in the past. This time the duck sauce had too much salt in it. The bread and deserts were excellent. I thought it was pricy for what we received